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December 9, 1974

Ski Injuries in 1972-1973: A Repeat Analysis of a Major Health Problem

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Community Medicine, Boston School of Medicine, Boston.

JAMA. 1974;230(10):1423-1425. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240100041025

During the 1972-1973 season, 792 consecutive skiing injuries were observed at a Vermont ski area. Injury data included type and site of injury, age, sex, and skiing ability. The estimated injury rate, 3.4/1,000 skier-days, was consistent with a 12-year rate. Ankle fractures and sprains have decreased, but upper extremity injuries have shown a corresponding increase. Intermediate and expert skiers were involved in a higher proportion of total injuries. These trends are explained by basic principles of energy transfer and improved ski equipment and education.

(JAMA 230:1423-1425, 1974)